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Evansville Felon Sentenced to One Year in Federal Prison for Escape from a Federal Residential Reentry Center

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Indiana

EVANSVILLE – Brett Clark, 40, of Evansville, was sentenced to 12 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to escaping from federal custody.

According to court documents, on September 7, 2011, Clark was sentenced by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana to 10 years in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release for methamphetamine trafficking.

On December 8, 2020, after his initial release from federal prison, Clark’s was ordered to serve an additional 21 months in prison for violating the terms of his supervised release. On April 14, 2022, Clark was transferred to the Volunteers of America (“VOA”) Hope Hall Residential Reentry Center in Evansville, Indiana. The Bureau of Prisons contracts with residential reentry centers, also known as halfway houses, to provide assistance to inmates who are nearing release. Inmates serving a portion of their sentence at a residential reentry center are only authorized to leave the RRC through sign-out procedures for approved activities.

Clark was to remain in and abide by the rules of the facility, until his projected release date of July 10, 2022. On May 19, 2022, Clark left the VOA with authorization to go to work, but he never showed up to work and VOA was notified of his absence. Clark only had authorization to leave the VOA to go to work and did not have authorization to leave for any other purpose or remain away from the VOA. 

On July 5, 2022, law enforcement officers apprehended Clark in Evansville.

Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, and Dan McClain, U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Indiana, made the announcement.

The U.S. Marshal Service investigated the case. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew B. Miller who prosecuted this case.

Updated December 7, 2022